What is a command center? A command center is a system that can help effectively handle the paper that is coming into your home on a daily basis. It will help create a better flow of papers in your home so that you are handling each piece of paper with intention rather than just piling it or moving it around.
There are 3 steps to setting up a Family Command Center
- Choose a location
- Collect and Sort Papers
- Set Up your command center
You will need a desktop file box, a trash can and recycling bin and a small paper shredder.
To choose a location put your command center where people enter the home and the family spends a lot of time, so often this is the kitchen.
Collect all the paper clutter in one place and sort through getting rid of anything you don’t need. If you are unsure about how long you should keep papers be sure and grab your paper retention guidelines from my free resources page.
Once your papers are sorted all historical documents like tax returns and 401k statements should be filed in an office filing cabinet and then all the papers that are part of your everyday life will be the ones going into your family command center file box.
Some categories your box could include are:
- To Do
- Bills to Pay
- Orders: Stash order confirmations here until you receive the products
- Extracurricular activities: sign-up sheets, info, rosters, etc.
- Church: schedules, class information, etc.
- Phone Numbers
- Medical: Current papers you need to reference frequently not all past medical history
- Home Improvement: If you’re remodeling or involved in a large project
Each household is different, so you may have different categories that better fit your family.
Now that your file box is complete you can add some other elements to your command center.
For example: A bulletin board, a mail station, the family calendar, a household reference binder, a message board, and even some everyday office supplies.
With your command center up and running, processing paper as soon as it enters your home should be quick, easy, and simple.